LOSAIL (Qatar): Thailand’s Decha Kraisart clinched the SuperSports 600cc crown of the Petronas Asia Road Racing Championships (ARRC) despite a disqualification at the Losail International Circuit here on Saturday.
The 29-year-old Petronas Yamaha Thailand rider picked up the title for a second time when he finished second in Race 1 in the sixth and final round of the championships.
The 2007 champion collected 20 points for an unassailable 178 over defending champion and team-mate Chalermpol Polamai, who won the race to take his tally to 151.
Chalermpol won Race 2 too to finish the championships on 176 points.
The 29-year-old Decha failed to pick up a single point when he jump-started and was disqualified for ignoring the ride-through penalty.
“I wanted to win the title badly. I tried a number of things since early in the season,” said Decha.
“I had mixed feelings at the start of Race 1. I was quite anxious. I’m really glad to be the champion again.”
Chalermpol, also 29, was not disheartened over losing the crown.
“I made a few mistakes early in the season. I’m quite satisfied to finish second. I have no complaint,” he said.
Petronas Yamaha Malaysia’s Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman saw his hopes of finishing second in the standings vanished when he failed to finish Race 1 after his bike developed mechanical problems.
The 26-year-old had to abandon the race after 11 laps.
To add to his misery, his bike could not be readied on time for him to compete in Race 2.
Fortunately for Azlan, he held on to third place in the standings by a point. His Petronas Yamaha Malaysia team-mate Mohd Zamri Baba finished fourth on 122 points after finishing seventh in Race 1 and fourth in Race 2.
In the Underbone 115cc category, Hadi Wijaya of Indonesia pipped compatriot Denny Triyugo to the title for the first time in his career.
Hadi trailed Denny by nine points going into the final round of the championships. Hadi finished second in both races for a total of 154 while Denny could only manage fifth and sixth for 144.
It was a disappointing day for Malaysia’s 14-year-old Mohd Ramdan Mohd Rosli, who started on pole for the first time in the championships.
He was forced to retire on lap six of the seven-lap Race 1 due to mechanical problems. In the second race, he went for the jugular and was leading by more than six seconds but crashed out on the third lap.